Halliday, Resnick and Walker FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS 6/e
Chapter Thirty Nine: Photons and Matter Waves

Planck Curve

Dr. Alan J. Scott , Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Stout.


This animation describes the intensity of the Black Body Radiation as a function of wavelength. Watch the scale on the vertical axis. The relative size of the curves are drastically different at 1,000 C and 10,000 C.

Dr. Scott has a collection of animations called On-line Animations of Time Evolving Physical Systems.

Optics Highlights:An Anecdotal History
of Optics from Aristophanes to Zernike

By L.S. Taylor, Electrical Engineering Dept., University of Maryland.


This site is an Anecdotal History of Optics ranging from ancient history through the telescope, wave optics and ending with some roots of modern optical systems. The gallery contains a list of various scientists involved in research on optics with vignettes and pictures.

Comments, corrections and suggestions to Dan MacIsaac

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